John Robinson Frazier papers, 1920-1969

Frazier, John Robinson, b. 1889 d. 1966
Painter, Arts administrator
Active in R.I.

Collection size: 1.4 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, slides, typescripts of writings, and printed materials.

REEL 1817 (fr. 481-482): One copyprint of Frazier standing with brushes in hand in front of an artwork in progress, ca. 1925. Photographer unknown. [Original & copyprint filed in John Frazier papers].

REEL 2804: A photocopy of an incomplete typescript, "History of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum," by Frazier, ca. 1965, including photocopies of his notes for this study.

UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, mostly routine and relating to Frazier's exhibitions and sales, including 1 letter from John Singer Sargent concerning an exhibit and the sale of a watercolor by Frazier to Sargent, and several letters from Edwin Dickinson; photographs of Frazier, group photos, and works of art; and speeches and writings relating to his teaching career and presidency of RISD. Also included are copies of slides of works found in Frazier's studio after his death and of an exhibition of his works held in Newport, R.I., 1969.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art school director, painter, and lithographer; Providence, R.I. President of Rhode Island School of Design, 1955-1962.

Unmicrofilmed material donated in 1972 by Mrs. John R. Frazier, Fazier's widow. Slides lent 1973 by Gordon Peers, a former colleague of Frazier; typescript on reel 2804 donated 1975 by Peers. Copyprint on reel 1817 donated 1972 with unmicrofilmed material and microfilmed in 1980 as part of AAA's Photographs of Artists-Collection II.

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